A Movement. Find out here about our United Nations alignment, Takeover of Piers 15 & 17, Impact Film Forum, Activist Center, and more.
September 23 in NYC
SFGFF is an official partner of the United Nations Environment Programme, as a part of a worldwide collaboration through the Green Film Network. This partnership coordinates global initiatives on sustainable development and advocacy for a global environment. SFGFF Opening Night film PUSH follows Leilani Fahra, UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, as she examines the global housing crisis. A Festival spotlight film Anthropocene: The Human Epoch will screen as part of a Nationwide Special Event in alignment with the UN Climate Summit; In conjunction with this event, Art House Convergence will launch #SustainableArtHouse, a collaborative response to the global climate emergency.
September 26, 6-10pm| Exploratorium and Switzerland at Pier 17
Join us as SF Green Film Festival takes over the wharf! This unique co-curated project will guide guests over a fog bridge across the water and through a labyrinth of interactive eco-arts exhibits - with indoor and outdoor screenings of local and Swiss films, talks, drinks, music, and live cinema. The evening includes the USA Premiere of Nature’s Nickelodeons, West Coast Premiere of Walden, and a Swiss Shorts Program.
September 28-29 | Manny’s
This Impact Film Forum is a series of panels with environmental thought-leaders, filmmakers, and change-makers. It will take place at Manny’s, a people powered and community focused meeting and learning place in the heart of SF that combines a restaurant, political bookshop, and civic engagement space. Session topics will include Accountable Filmmaking, Climate Justice, and Youth Voices - a panel curated and hosted by environmental youth leaders. There will also be a forum session on Ecology of Place, which will feature discussions around this year’s Home theme. Topics include the global housing crisis, gentrification, displacement, immigration, and housing as a human right.
September 27-29 | 518 Valencia Gallery
Throughout the festival, a broad network of nonprofit partners and community allies will coordinate efforts at our activist center hub, where audiences will connect their environmental inspirations with local campaigns and causes. The Activist Center will host non-profit Community Ally information tables, educational panels, sustainable art exhibitions, petition-signing booths, and filmmaker discussion forums.
Ticket & Passholders Only | 21+ | Sept 27-29 5pm-7pm
Stop by between programs to have a sip of free local wine and beer, share your views on the films, connect with our non-profit allies, and mix with Festival guests and attendees.
At every screening we want to build connections between the moving personal stories & ideas in our films and the local environmental context and action here in the Bay Area. Our non-profit Community Allies connect our passionate audiences with action-oriented solutions.
The nature documentary is all too familiar, and at the same time, all too strange. Dr. Amy Cutler (NATURE’S NICKELODEONS) will discuss radical nature documentary tactics related to voice, authority, charisma, science, gender, politics, and live cinema.
BUREAU OF LINGUISTICAL REALITY
An interactive artwork that will create new words for feelings and experiences relating to today’s climate crisis and the Anthropocene.
Join us for this workshop on Green Film Production with experts in the field to learn how productions like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Goldfinch, Madam Secretary and more are going green on set.
WALKING CINEMA: MUSEUM OF THE HIDDEN CITY
An immersive journey into San Francisco’s 80-year affordable housing experiment. This Augmented Reality experience will open up a hidden world of housing history all around you.
CONGRATULATIONS 2019 GREEN FILM FESTIVAL AWARD WINNERS
Best Feature: PUSH, Fredrik Gertten, Sweden
Best Short: AFTER THE FIRE, Derek Knowles & Spencer Seibert, USA
Green Tenacity Award: COOKED: SURVIVAL BY ZIP CODE, Judith Helfand, USA
Inspiring Lives Award: THE AGE OF STUPID, Franny Armstrong, UK
Young Filmmaker Award: SAVE OUR PLANET, Alexis Buggs Hodgson, USA
Green Fire Award: A juried annual award for Best Bay Area Environmental Feature with $2,500 cash prize. The award recognizes the best of independent filmmaking in the San Francisco Bay Area by honoring innovative storytelling and new perspectives on environmental topics.
2019 Green Fire Award Finalists:
- 5 Blocks, Dan Goldes
- Artifishal, Josh "Bones" Murphy
- Harvest Season, Bernardo Ruiz
- Motherload, Liz Canning
- Once Was Water, Christopher Beaver
2019 Green Fire Award Jury:
- Ambika Jain, filmmaker & SFGFF Board of Directors
- Stephen Most, filmmaker & winner of 2018 Green Fire Award for Wilder Than Wild
- P N Vasanti, Director of CMS Vatavaran, Environment & Wildlife International Film Festival & Forum - SFGFF's sister festival in New Delhi, India
- Kevin White, filmmaker & winner of 2018 Green Fire Award for Wilder Than Wild
Green Fire Award Sponsor: March Conservation Fund
Audience Award: Voted by you at screenings!
cover photo by Tommy Lau